TOWANDA — McPherson High’s girls soccer team improved its record to 4-1 on Thursday with a 3-1 victory over Circle.
The Bullpups led 2-0 at the half on goals by Rylee Schrader and Alayna Wallace, with Aislinn Hughes assisting on both.
Hughes then got into the scoring act with the Bullpups’ second-half goal, assisted by Wallace.
“The focus in practice this whole week has been possessing the ball without panicking. Compared to our previous games, we really improved in that area, but now we’ve got to learn to do something with our possession,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We must have had the ball at least 75 percent of the game and played almost all of it in the Circle half, but we could not create good scoring opportunities. Somehow we ended the first half with only three shots on goal when the game should have been all but decided at that point.”
Adrian says finishing possessions will now be the emphasis.
“At the beginning of the second half we had some great looks to get that all important third goal, but either hit the post or the keeper allowing Circle to hang around,” he said. “Circle actually got a goal back with about 10 minutes to go in the game to make things interesting, but Aislinn Hughes quickly responded with a goal of her own to put us back in control. I’ve got to give these girls credit though for adjusting to a lot on the fly changes that I’m making. I think we only had four girls finish the first half playing the same position they started the game in.”
The MHS JVs notched their first win of the year with a 3-0 success behind two goals by Anna Nason. Raegan Harger had the other. She also had an aissst, as did Hannah Dossett.